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 Feb 11: Signed print giveaways

Head to any of the following record stores, each is giving away a print from Joni's latest boxed set, signed by Joni herself:
Waterloo Records, Austin, TX
The Record Exchange, Boise, ID
Monster Music, CHARLESTON, SC
Shake It, Cincinnati, OHv Dearborn Music, Dearborn, MI
Twist & Shout, Denver, CO
Skip's, Eugene, OR
Luna Music, Indianapolis, IN
Disc Exchange, KNOXVILLE, TN
CD Central, LEXINGTON, KY
Fingerprints, Long Beach, CA
Amoeba, Los Angeles, CA
Strictly Discs, Madison WI
Record Den, Mentor OH
Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, MN
Grimeys, NASHVILLE, TN
Park Ave CDs, ORLANDO, FL
Exclusive Co, Oshkosh, WI
Zia Records, Phoenix, AZ
Bull Moose, Portland, ME
Darkside Records and Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
Music Millennium, Portland, OR
BK Music, Richmond, VA
Plan 9, Richmond, VA
Record Archive, Rochester, NY
Streetlight, San Jose, CA
Silver Platters, Seattle, WA
Graywhale, Taylorsville, UT
OZ Music, TUSCALOOSA, AL
Looney Tunes, West Babylon, NY
The Mad Platter, West Chester, PA
 

 Dec 17: SFJazz to honor Joni with lifetime achievement award

SFJazz will honor the singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell with a lifetime achievement award for her artistic vision and contributions to modern music at its annual gala, to be held May 8, 2015, organizers announced on Wednesday.

Mitchell, 71, the Canadian native who came up busking on the sidewalks of Toronto before moving to Southern California to find mainstream success with songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "River," will make a rare live appearance at the black-tie event, which will also feature musical tributes by Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band and the award-winning SFJazz Collective.

While best known as a leading light of the '70s West Coast folk-pop scene, Mitchell frequently dabbled in jazz, recording with musicians such as Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and Michael Brecker.

She recently released the box set "Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced," a four-disc collection of songs tracing her career back to the '60s. In the liner notes, Mitchell, who is also an artist, describes herself as "a painter who writes songs."

The gala, to be co-chaired by Chronicle Books Publisher and SFJazz Trustee Nion McEvoy and longtime foundation supporter Penny Coulter, raises funds for the organization's youth education programs.

Previous SFJazz honorees include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Stevie Wonder.
 
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Upcoming local events of interest
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 Laurie Antonioli: Music of Joni Mitchell, Santa Cruz CA, March 2

Laurie Antonioli revisits an early musical influence with her recent recording, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light, an exploration of Joni Mitchell’s songwriting. The project has been praised for Antonioli’s original approach and instinctive sense of musicality, avoiding any direct duplication of Mitchell’s oeuvre. Instead, she has come up with her own inventive arrangements while staying true to the heart of Mitchell’s songs. AllAboutJazz writes: “It is not hyperbole to say that Laurie Antonioli is emerging as the most important vocalist, let alone jazz vocalist, this decade.”

$20/Adv $25/Door (admission tax and service charge additional)
Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM
Laurie's website, ticket info.
 

 6th Annual Joni Tribute, Ithaca, NY, March 7

6th Annual Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert
Community School of Music and Arts
330 E. MLK / State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
Saturday, March 7, 2015; 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Featuring:
Joe Crookston | Sue Tierney McNamara | Molly Mac Millan | Christine Evans & Eric Miller |Colleen Kattau | Joe Gaylord | FIVE 2 | Sally Ramirez | Maggie Whitehead | Laura Peters & Sergio Pedro | Alice Saltonstall | Ephemera | Susie Terwilliger | Patti Witten & Sera Smolen | Rachel Ozols | Joannalyn Delacruz

Proceeds benefit scholarships for CSMA students.
Video of Colleen Kattau and friends from last year’s event
 

 Ereni Sevasti Sings Joni, NYC, March 26 and 29

Ereni Sevasti Sings Joni Mitchell: Stepping Out of Blue, NYC,
Thursday, March 26th 7pm
Sunday, March 29th 5pm
Stage 72
158 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023
More info...
 

 Melissa Fulkerson's Tribute to Joni, Sacramento, April 3

Melissa Fulkerson presents A Tribute to Joni Mitchell as her Masters recital in music. All Joni music, interpreted and arranged by Melissa. Performance is at Capistrano Hall at Sacramento State University, Friday, April 3 at 7PM. More info
 
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New Additions to the Article Library
Here's Why Joni Mitchell Is Our SS15 Style Icon
   Look.co.uk, February 2015
Joni: Peridots and Periwinkle
   The Heights (Boston College), March 1972
Kanye, Joni, Dylan and great musicians who say idiotic things
   TheStar (Toronto), February 2015
New Music Transcriptions
Songs To Aging Children Come
   Guitar tablature by Sue McNamara
God Must Be A Boogie Man
   Lead sheet by Dave Blackburn
Sweet Sucker Dance
   piano music by Dave Blackburn
Paprika Plains (piano/vocal)
   piano music by Dave Blackburn & Michael Dunn